Help enable the flourishing of church music for future generations with a gift in your will

For centuries church music has brought together people of all backgrounds in celebration, in worship and in commemoration. Music has a power to evoke memory and bring solace and joy which transcends time and place. This precious asset is under threat on several fronts from declining congregations to the significant lack of music provision in schools. Gifts in wills are a vital source of income for the RSCM, contributing directly to our work with children and young people, music and clergy leadership.

Your bequest will help continue the unbroken thread of church music that has spanned centuries so far and help it to flourish in future.

‘A church without a choir is like a body without a soul’
Play the video to hear a special message from Sir John Rutter, CBE.

Whether you are thinking of revising an existing Will or writing your first Will, please consider this long-term way of giving. We are all easily put off this task: not wanting to think about the inevitable, not wanting to make decisions about your estate, maybe you are unsure about how to do it. It may not be as complicated as you think, and ultimately means that your wishes can be carried out.

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No legacy is too small

When it comes to writing your Will, we know that you will need to care for your loved ones first. But when you consider a gift to the RSCM there are different options for what you might do;

A pecuniary bequest – this is when you specify a particular sum of money

A residuary bequest – this is when you specify a percentage/proportion of your estate after other gifts have been made. You might leave this to one charity or many. Even a small percentage can make a difference to our work.

We strongly recommend seeking independent professional advice when making a will.

Details to include in your will:

Our Full Name: The Royal School of Church Music
Charity Number: 312828
Address: 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EB

We understand your Will is personal and you do not have to tell us that you are leaving us a gift.

However, we would love to have the opportunity to thank you, to keep you informed of our work, and to invite you to join our Legacy Society.

Are we already in your will?

If you have already included us in your Will, why not get in touch and tell us! We would love to hear about the inspiration for your gift and we would also like to offer you the opportunity to join our Legacy Society. This is a group of special supporters who, like you, have pledged a final gift to the RSCM. There is no requirement to tell us what you have left us, or indeed to join, but we would welcome the opportunity to be able to thank you.

As a member you will receive;

  • An invitation for you and a guest to our annual Legacy Society Service in which we give thanks for our living members, and remembers those (both members and non-members) whose gifts have been received
  • Further invitations to events in your local area as appropriate occasions arise
  • A lapel pin
  • A twice-yearly newsletter
  • Acknowledgement as a supporter on our website, should you choose this option. You can, of course, remain anonymous.

Contact Fiona Wright at or call her on 01722 424848